Residences at Hotel Georgia

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667 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC

Residences at Hotel Georgia
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A street level shot of The Residences at Hotel Georgia
Building Information
Developer Delta Land Development Ltd
Architect IBI Group
Management Company Crosby
Number of Units 156
Number of Floors 48
Year Built 2013
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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667 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Bus/SkyTrain accessible
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (324)
Title of Land Strata



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Background

Hotel Georgia

Having opened in January 2013, The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia is the most recent addition to Vancouver's vibrant condominium market. The centerpiece of a massive redevelopment undertaken by The Delta Group that saw the complete restoration of historic Hotel Georgia, The Residences as they're affectionately known caters to a high-end market located within Vancouver and abroad.

With prices ranging from 1.75 - 8 million dollars, residents of this development are willing to spare no expense to live in the ultimate luxury that The Residences provide. The address of 667 Howe Street, has been synonymous with luxury since the very early days of Vancouver's existence. Opened in 1927, Hotel Georgia (now known as Rosewood Georgia) has housed such famous guests as The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Queen Elizabeth II.

This legacy continues after undergoing a change in ownership and an extensive renovation. The Residences at Hotel Georgia has followed the model implemented by the nearby Shangri-La by becoming a mixed use hotel/residential tower. It has also become the second tallest structure in Vancouver (48 stories, 158 metres) behind the Shangri-La. [1].


Location

Robson Square as viewed from The Residences

It is widely regarded that the heart of Vancouver is located at Robson Square, located just across the Street from The Residences. The square designed by acclaimed architect Arthur Erikson is where residents come to celebrate, demonstrate and relax outside year round in Vancouver's mild climate. The sight was actually slated to be occupied by a 208 metre, (682 feet) tower to have been completed in 1975. Making The Residences the third largest tower in Vancouver had the project have gone through.

Being at the centre of the city means that The Residences are within walking distance to all of Vancouver's downtown amenities which includes fine dinning, museums and of course, the beautiful coastline. If you've grown tired of walking, there is an abundance of public transit options available nearby including stations for both the SkyTrain and Canada Line. There are also free shuttles to the North Shore that depart daily from Canada Place, a brief stroll north from The Residences.

Following Georgia Street west will take motorists through Stanley Park and over the iconic Lions Gate Bridge where it meets up with the Sea to Sky corridor. For those not in a rush, a casual drive along Marine Drive allows for immaculate views of the Pacific ocean and the prestigious estates of West Vancouver. [2]

Construction

Construction of The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia

The Construction of The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia was an extensive and challenging project costing in excess of 200 million dollars. There were multiple challenges developers faced during construction. One of these had to do with the location of the building. Vancouver is an international destination and The Residences address puts it nearby most of the frequented sites in Vancouver.

Tourists come to Vancouver to see its majesty not a construction project. Therefore measures needed to be taken to hide the construction and be as unobtrusive to both tourists and local residents as possible. This was especially crucial during the Olympic Games of 2010. Unbeknownst to tourists and residents alike, much of the work for the project was conducted behind the facade of a large Canadian flag that adorned the sight for much of its construction.

The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia is a concrete and glass structure built to reflect the Vancouverism mindset. The top dozen floors lean back so that the southeast balconies have a view of Seymour and Grouse mountains to the north.

Layout and Features

The Residences include custom oak cabinetry and polished quartz counter tops, marble floors and top of the line appliances. Homes here include materials and the finishes selected by Mitchell Freedland, one of Vancouver’s premier interior designers.

Floor Plans

Amenities

Some of The Residences amenities include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • A Rosewood Spa®,
  • Reflections outdoor lounge, an A-List seasonal hotspot.
  • A formal corporate boardroom

Bylaws

Residences at Hotel Georgia Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets no
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are allowed
  • The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia is not a pet-friendly building
  • There is no age restriction in place
  • Barbecues are permitted

Sustainability

Having opened in 2013, The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia have incorporated a number of sustainable features into its design. These include photovoltaic cells to operate motorized blinds, geothermal heat and low-flow water fixtures. [3]

Residents can also build upon the impressive list of sustainable features already incorporated into The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia by utilizing their optimal address by walking or taking public transit for daily errands. They also have at their disposal an excellent recycling and composting system put in place by the City of Vancouver.

Residents can also monitor their own gas consumption with meters located in every unit. [4]

Trivia

The Beatles stayed at Hotel Georgia during their only visit to Vancouver
Kim Campbell

Hotel Georgia has been a staple of oppulence in Vancouver since its opening in 1927. Famous guests of the hotel include Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, John Wayne and Queen Elizabeth II.

During the extensive renovation of the 1920s era building, engineers made an unfortunate discovery. the buildings origional developers decided to save money by leaving out construction materials, in particular steel reinforcing of some of the concrete. They then falsified documents to incorporate these elements. The discovery of this would set the project back months as developers scrambled to bring the structure up to code. Steel columns were driven 80 feet into the earth and extensive re-shoring was undertaken to strengthen the structure. [5]

This delay was not well received by its future residences who had become impatient with the progress. A number of residents sued the developers in response to this delay. The most well known resident to file a case is former Canadian Prime Minister and still the only women to hold this title, Kim Cambell. [6]

Of course some of Vancouver's greatest attractions aren't located in Vancouver at all. World Class skiing, mountain biking and rock climbing are all within a two hours drive via the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Access is as simple as a single right turn since the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia is located directly on Georgia Street which is a main thoroughfare out of the city.

Developers incorporated the swimming pool into the fire suppression system by utilizing it as a reservoir in emergency situations.

References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. The Residences at Hotel Georgia official website]
  3. Award Magazine
  4. Luxury Living
  5. Canadian Architect
  6. CTV News


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